The Many Colors of Rogue One

When The Force Awakens was released a year ago, many people pointed to the diversity of the three young new rebel leads.Rey was a woman, Finn a black man, and Poe Hispanic. This diversity was especially striking given the whiteness of both the original Star Wars movies and the prequels---with the exception of Lando Calrissian in the former, and Mace Windu in the latter.Star Wars has always occurred against a diverse backdrop or both humanoid and non-humanoid characters, including al … [Read more...]


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Who Wants the Pink Cloth?

Like many of those who sew, I have a box full of cloth that leftover from previous projects. I recently went through this cloth, picking up each piece and brainstorming what I could make from it. I ended up with a stack of cloth remnants that were big enough to be made into pajamas. I called the children and began going through the stack, asking which one of them wanted which color."Okay, who wants the pajamas made with the pink cloth?" I asked finally.Both children answered at on … [Read more...]


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Meet the Inspiring New Women in Congress

My daughter watched videos about women's suffrage on repeat the week leading up to the election. She's only in second grade, but she's been fascinated by women's suffrage for several years now. When she was only five years old she sat down and watched an hour-long documentary about it, by herself. On Tuesday night, when she began to cry as I put her to bed, I told her about the brave female Senators and Congresswomen who will fight for her and for her friends. Hillary Clinton may have lost her … [Read more...]


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What Would Become of Our Husbands and Sons Under a Trump Presidency?

When confronted with a 2005 tape of Trump bragging about committing sexual assault, Mitt Romney declared that "such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters." I am tired of talking about wives and daughters. We need to start talking about husbands and sons. Many people have responded to Trump's comments by claiming that this is how all men talk about women in private. Trump himself said it was standard locker room talk. Who are these husbands and sons, who talk about women as though they … [Read more...]


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Trump Is Now Slut-Shaming Alicia Machado on Twitter

In the early hours of morning, Donald Trump fired off a series of three tweets.Tweet 1: Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an "angel" without checking her past, which is terrible!Tweet 2: Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con. Tweet 3: Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen … [Read more...]


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Swiss Men Tell Women What They Can and Cannot Wear

The lower house of the Swiss parliament has voted in favor of a bill that would ban covering one's face in public. This is, of course, a burka ban, and it is being pushed by Switzerland's far-right nationalist party. According to The Independent: The proposed law would see paragraphs written into Switzerland’s federal constitution against the “concealing of one’s face” in public places, other than religious sites, with exceptions for health and safety, the climate and unspecified local customs. … [Read more...]


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The Green Party’s Forgotten Woman Nominee

I recently came upon this meme, one of many memes this year about Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2016 presidential nominee. Have a look:The meme features a picture of Jill Stein with the text "This is the first woman to receive her party's nomination. Don't buy the Hillary hype."I get that not everyone does the whole history thing. What I find disturbing about this meme is not that Jill Stein isn't the first woman to receive a party's nomination (literally dozens of women hit that mi … [Read more...]


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